Patharughat chronicles the valiant history of the martyrs of 1894 peasants’ revolt in Assam
ET Correspondent I Guwahati
The Government of Assam will develop Patharughat as a tourist destination which chronicles the valiant history of the martyrs of 1894 peasants’ revolt in Assam in a bid to make its history known to the new generation and the visiting tourists.
Chief Minister Sarbananda Sonowal said this while attending the Krishak-Swahid Divas observed for the first time by the Government of Assam at Patharughat today in memory of the martyrs. The Chief Minister also said that a Farmers Training Centre and Research Centre will also be set up at Patharughat to empower the farmers of the state with new skills and advanced technology.
Speaking on the occasion, Sonowal reiterated that the Government is committed to ensure a respectable position of the farmers’ community in every strata of society and vowed to work for giving them a life full of dignity.
Stating that the state can grow only if the farmers are economically strengthened, the Chief Minister advocated for vociferous use of double cropping to enhance the produce alongwith adoption of newer technologies. Sonowal also highlighted the state’s potential to emerge as an organic hub in the nation and urged the farmers to take up organic farming on priority basis.
The Chief Minister further said that the people of the state can offer befitting tribute to the martyrs only through hard work and urged the young generation to join hands with the Government in the agricultural revolution in Assam. Sonowal also stated that Assam can emerge as a frontrunner in agricultural production in the country and can outsmart many agriculture intensive states if the farmers of the state make best use of their agricultural skills.
Coinciding the programme, Chief Minister Sonowal presented Mukhyamantrir Krishak Samman to 22 progressive farmers of the state. Instituted for the first time by the state Government, the award carries a cheque of Rs. 50,000 and a memento.
The Chief Minister also released a Souvenir brought out on the occasion of Krishak Swahid Divas.
State Agriculture Minister Atul Bora while delivering his speech spoke in detail about the steps taken up by the Government of Assam for improving the agricultural scenario of the state and measures adopted for strengthening the farmers. Loksabha MP Ramen Deka also spoke on the occasion. Sipajhar MLA Binanda Saikia delivered the welcome address.
MLAs Gurujyoti Das, Satyabrat Kalita, Maheswar Boro, Additional Chief Secretary to the Government of Assam (Agriculture) KK Mittal, Commissioner & Secretary (Agriculture) Amlan Baruah, Director (Agriculture) Juri Phukan, DC Ashok Kumar Barman and officials of agriculture department, members of Krishak-Swahid families and large numbers of people were present in the programme.